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New Android Malware discovered-Geinimi

A new Android malware has been discovered and its called Geinimi- a trojan that is capable of stealing information and uploading it to remote servers.


Geinimi is the first Android malware in the wild that displays botnet-like capabilities. It has been spotted on third-party Android application marketplaces especially in China.

As for now, Geinimi hasn’t made a malicious move yet, but mobile security firm Lookout suspects that it is building a botnet — an army of devices that can be controlled remotely — with the ability to run applications on your phone without your knowledge or consent.

How to stay safe?

Here’s some tips from Mylookout:

  • Only download applications from trusted sources, such as reputable application markets. Remember to look at the developer name, reviews, and star ratings.
  • Always check the permissions an app requests. Use common sense to ensure that the permissions an app requests match the features the app provides.
  • Be aware that unusual behavior on your phone could be a sign that your phone is infected. Unusual behaviors include: unknown applications being installed without your knowledge, SMS messages being automatically sent to unknown recipients, or phone calls automatically being placed without you initiating them.
  • Download a mobile security app for your phone that scans every app you download. Lookout users automatically receive protection against this Trojan.

This article is contributed by Antivirus365, Kaspersky Lab SEA E-Store.

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Kugan is the founder of MalaysianWireless. He has been observing the mobile industry since 2003. Connect with him on Twitter: @scamboy

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